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Sorry for the delay folks, here are our latest answers to questions we submitted for the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A.

Out of curiousity, do Total Heroes Ultra figures cost more to tool than a Club Infinite Earths figure?

It depends on the figure, but it is not the tooling, it is the production cost that is lower due to less deco and articulation on the TH figures. This is why Signature Series figures are 25.00 and THU are 20.00.

I have to ask this. Is Mattycollector not allowing 3rd Party sales of Figures purchased in Early Access? and if So why? It seems as if you do not want the DC Collectors to get the figures and you are trying to stop them simply because they didn’t want the MOTU Sub.

Once a customer purchases a product, they are welcome to save it, play with it or resell it at their discretion. Once the item leaves our facility we have no control over what a customer chooses to do with their toy.

For the Super Powers figures, each figure uses existing tooling, they are just repaints. We get that the average DC figure at MattyCollector is $20+ but some of those figures feature unique tooling, like Huntress and many others., Shouldn’t the Super Powers figures be cheaper due to just being repaints?

It is not the tooling that determines this, it is the production cost in terms of plastic and paint that physically make up a figure and this cost for a 6″ figure is pretty standard whether it is a redeco or a new figure. It would waiver more if said figure had larger parts like giant armor, wings or a tail because this would mean the figure needs more plastic and paint overall. The production run is also a factor and the fewer figures we make, the more expensive they are to produce. In 2014, Signature Series figures are $25.00 (not $20), the SP figures are priced higher at $30.00 due to the inclusion of a C&C piece, larger packaging and smaller production runs.

The 200X line had some neat variations such as Snake Armor He Man and the arctic He Man with spear. Have you considered these variations for the MOTUC line(I ask this because we already have some Snake Men in the line)?

Those would definitely be cool variants. Whether or not they will make the line remains to be seen. Our latest reveals will be at SDCC 2014 during our fan panel on Friday at 11:00 in room 25ABC.

When Club Infinite Earths comes to a close, will you be willing to show the 4H concepts/fgures that never made it? Kind of like a “concept vault”?

Likely not. While this would be cool there are often mitigating factors preventing us from doing something like this.

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Welcome to another round of the MattyCollector Q&A! Here’s the latest set of answers:

For Total Heroes Ultra we’ve got a Green Lantern set, how long before we see Red and Yellow Lantern sets?

Should the Ultra version of Total Heroes do well we’d love to get to more Lantern colors in this line. It is all in fan/customer’s hands as we see how well the 2014 items do and whether we can do more in 2015!

Recently you revealed the SDCC exclusive Arkham Knight Batmobile. Thus far, is this the only vehicle planned for the DC Multiverse line? Also, why does it cost $85? That’s even more than the 1966 Batmobile at Toys R Us and that one might be larger.

You will need to ask the DC retail team. This Q&A can only cover items from the Mattycollector.com team, and for SDCC that includes our Hordak and Doomsday figures. All of the other SDCC items are from each brand’s retail team. Reps from the DC retail team should be at SDCC or you can always catch them online! (Editors note: we have tried on more than 1 occasion to get in contact with the DC retail team but have yet to receive a response).

The upcoming Super Powers figures retail for $30. Why do they cost this much when they are almost all repaints of existing figures?

n 2014, a standard 6″ DC figure on Mattycollector.com (i.e. Auqaman, Ice) retails for $25.00. The SP figures have larger cards and include a Kalibak piece. This pushes them to $30.00. One of the reasons the figures are a little higher priced is do to the very small run. The smaller the run, the higher the price per unit and that costs goes forward to the consumer.

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It’s the middle of the month and we’ve received our answers from the latest round of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A.

We’ve seen figures with swappable heads in Total Heroes Ultra and coupled with more accessories, we can see how this justifies their higher than retail pricepoint. Is it outside the realm of possibility to have larger figures with the Total Heroes Ultra pricepoint? For example, Clahyface, Doomsday, Arkillo, et al. Or is it limited by what body bucks are made for the regular retail line?

For the THU figures we offer on Mattycollector.com, doing larger figs is certainly something we would love to tackle but we need to see how the basic figures perform first before expanding.

Provided that you still have the DC toy license in 2016, are Superman/Batman Movie Masters in the realm of possibility?

2016 is just too far off for us to comment right now.

Castle Greyskull was impressive not just as a toy but the fact that it was even made. Has a new Starship Eternia toy ever been considered?

Considering that NA consistently is the poorest selling “faction”, doing a large Epic item for this faction is highly unlikely. But hey, you never know!

When nearly the entire cast of MOTU has been made into MOTUC, will you consider making 200X based MOTUC figures? This may sound like beating a dead horse but those 4H figures from 2002 struck a chord with fans and the only thing making them dated(in this editor’s opinion) is the lack of full articulation. If new figures based on those designs were made, it would be like the 4H coming full circle with MOTU, since those were the 1st MOTU figures that they worked on.

Not at this time. We may do some 200X inspired heads or characters from the show in Classics style, but there are no plans for a full 200X revision line in that style. Honestly, there is just too much tooling involved!

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Welcome to another around of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A! Here are answers to questions we sent off in mid-April.

Ever consider making a bigger Collect n Connect Hall Of Justice by adding additional parts to the existing CnC Hall Of Justice from the Young Justice line?

We have talked about a HOJ for years but at this point nothing has come to fruition. Without the support to do the basic full year 6″ subscription, it maybe difficult to tackle larger items like this right now. We really needed to start with the basic sub and work up like MOTUC does. With DCU not hitting the basic 6” figure monthly sub, hitting larger items becomes a little difficult. Not that we wouldn’t love to!

You guys have the 6″ scale covered for MOTUC. With 4″ being a classic scale still popular with older collectors, have you considered making 4″ MOTUC figures?

We are always looking into new scales and form factors for MOTU! Nothing to confirm now but great ideas!

Will there be a total heroes Ultra action figure five-pack of the new 52 crime syndicate anytime soon and are there any plans to release the total heroes blank customizable action figure which was shown at NYCC last year?

At this time “no” to both of those questions. Batman Beyond won the fan choice vote so he will be the one produced.

How many points of articulation Mr Mxyzptlk will have?

The head and shoulders. But he does come with the largest piece of Kalibak, the head and torso.

I am curious about how the DC team decides what is a good idea, and what is not.

For example, I see oodles of the new 5-6″ DC figures [Batman, Supeerman, Aquaman, ect] but obviously with the design they are aimed at children. But with the 14.99 price tag I can’t see many parents buying them any of those.

For this you will need to talk to the DC retail team. This Q&A is for the online product offered on Mattycollector.com and we can only answer questions related to product we work on. Mattel makes thousands of SKUS every year and not every team works on every product!

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Welcome to another addition of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A. Here we present you answers to questions we sent off last month. Without further ado, here we go:

Ok How are you going to push a club through when you did not get 100% you told DC Fans they would not get their club but when the March club fell short you pushed through any way. Why?

The DC club had 63%, that is REALLY far from the 97% that Club Etheria ended with. Had the DC club only been shy 1 or 2 points off like POP was we would likely have gone forward. But at 63% we are almost 40% short. That is just way too short to cut it! Big difference between 97% of a goal and 63% of a goal!

Would Azrael Batman be a more likely fit for Total Heroes Ultra than the mainline Total Heroes line? I ask this due to the amount of new tooling needed(mask or new head, cape/wings, armor, et al)

Right now we don’t have any plans beyond the 4 announced 2014 figs so you would need to ask the retail team on any specifics on their 2015 line!

Any special figures planned to honor Harold Ramis?

Toy Guru did post this blog:

http://forums.mattycollector.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/2361004165/m/5381012468

Ever think about re-releasing Man-At-Arms with a huge arsenal of weapons, like the weapons packs from before but repainted?

That would be cool, but at the earliest maybe 2016 as our focus is on the A list and vintage figs for the next 2 years. Reissues or 2.0′s with more articulation or accessories will need to wait.

Before the decision to end Club Infinite Earths, did the 4H experiment behind the scenes with ways to hide the pins on joints? For example, the exposed pin joints on the knees and elbows.

We did this on our Swampthing and Batman 8″ figures.

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Arcadia VF 0D Phoenix Prototype

Type-R of our sister site TFW2005 has posted a new scan from the latest issue of Dengeki Hobby showing the resin prototype for the Arcadia 1/60 VF-0D. Something that stuck out right away is the use of diecast metal for the arms. Some of you may remember that Yamato’s VF-0A/S releases prior to the VF-0S Ghost bundle/2010 stand-alone re-releases were prone to arm breakages.

Arcadia’s VF-0D is due out next year, price remains to be determined. For Macross Zero fans, Shin’s VF-0D has been a long time coming, read on to check out the prototype!

Captain America Legends Revision Case

News comes our way via RobotKingdom about an upcoming case of Marvel Legends Infinite Series Captain America: The Winter Soldier figures. This case is due out in June and contains 2 of the following:

  • Captain America
  • Marvel Now Captain America
  • Winter Soldier
  • Black Widow

For those of you who have tried to find Black Widow to no success, this case should make things much easier(provided that the existing non-Black Widow figures currently on shelves sell by June and that brick & mortar retailers order this case). Should these cases make their way to stores in generous amounts, those of us who have body-less Mandroids will finally be able to build it and have Black Widow amongst our other Avengers movie Legends figures.

Cross your fingers!

 

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Welcome to another edition of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A! Without further ado, here are answers to the questions we sent off earlier this month:

What will the Production values be on the 6 figures Planned for Sept and Oct? By that I mean is it possible that they will sell out before DC Fans can get the like the CIE figures?

It is always possible figures can sell out during EA but it is not a sure thing.

Your way cool Super Powers 30th Anniversary surprise brings to mind another 30th Anniversary = Masters of the Universe. You pulled the near-impossible by giving fans a huge new Grayskull. Mattel accomplished it, in the face of the post Great Recession. You did it seemingly with the nifty help of the Pre-Meter. Like Grayskull, can you put a Super Powers 30th Anniversary Pre-Meter, for a equally huge Hall of Justice? Perhaps join forces with Total Heroes the retail line, to advertise it as something like a mail-away, available only at MattyCollector.com?

We definitely do not have plans for a Hall of Justice playset at this time. If we can’t sell tier 1 of the basic DCU figures (in the sub) we will not be in a position to explore large Epic Creation items. One of the reasons that door was more open on the MOTUC brand for a playset was because MOTUC has sold the basic figures at the tier 2 level year after year.

This may be the wrong place to ask, but is there a reason the MattyCollector store does not accept Paypal?

Yes, we tried Paypal years ago and fan overwhelmingly asked us to remove it as an option do to it being too slow.

Now that the regular Total Heroes line has a female buck(Wonder Woman), which female characters would lend themselves better for the Total Heroes Ultra line instead of the regular Total Heroes line?

There are countless females in the DC Universe that we could now do in either the retail or Ultra line with the addition of the female buck. Likely the more well known the character the more likely she would be in the retail line. The less well known females (and males) would be in the online line. You can use the 2014 line as a litmus test noting Hal Jordan in the retail line and Tomar Re/John Steward/Greenman in the online offerings.

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Welcome to another round of the MattyCollector 2014 Q&A! Here we go:

The Super Powers Collection revealed at Toy Fair has figures listed for $30 each. For clarification, is this line a MattyCollector exclusive or destined for retail too?

This line is only available on Mattycollector.com and will be released in two “waves” of 3 individual figures in late summer, early fall.

The MOTUC Mini figures look adorable – especially Castle Grayskull. Is this line only going to consist of that one wave of six 2-packs, or will this be an ongoing line (with say, Snake Mountain as the next “theme” build)?

If the line does well enough in 2014 we’d love to look at what we can do in 2015. But that has not been determined yet.

So does anyone know if Matty is doing anything to improve the way their con exclusives are being distributed? Every year I have to fight re-sellers (Who are buying 9 Monster High Dolls at one time) just so I can get my 6 yr old daughter 1 so she can play with it. IS Matty planning on doing anything about the amount people can buy so their core fans can have the excitement of picking up one of the dolls at con.

Yes, we always enforce strict limits on all of our figures at conventions to six per person per line wait.

Last time you mentioned that the 4H had designed the Total Heroes Ultra figures. Being that those figures use base bodies from the retail Total Heroes line, does this mean that the 4H sculpted the mainline Total Heroes line at retail too, or just the new parts that come with the Total Heroes Ultra figures? We had heard before that the 4H had provided design supervision for the mainline Total Heroes line, we just wanted clarification if they are indeed the actual designers behind the mainline.

This would be a question for the DC retail team. Quite a few sculptors and toy makers worked on designing aspects of this line, both for the retail and online components. For full details and breakdown, the DC retail team would be the folks to ask!

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Armor Plus Ronin Warriors Kuroi Kikoutei 08

Just when you thought the Armor Plus line has faded away, comes another new release, a Samurai Troopers Yoroiden/Ronin Warriors one at that! TamashiiWebshop has revealed their upcoming Armor Plus Kuroi Kikoutei figure. The armor made its appearance in the Samurai Yoroiden Troopers Kikoutei Densetsu OVA(which was included subtitled in the Ronin Warriors complete series DVD by Bandai over a decade ago but has been out of print for years). Instead of the swords that Ryo’s Inferno armor had, this one has a giant boomerang.

No clue if Talpa, Anubis, Cale or any of the other Dark Lords will ever be made in the Armor Plus line, but hey your Armor Plus Ronin Warriors finally have someone to fight! Armor Plus Kuroi Kikoutei is due out in July for 9,180 yen. Read on to check out the images.